Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
1,660 Ratings
Yakima GloryYakima Glory

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

Added by sholland119 on 12-06-2008

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes

P- O'Reilly's at Four Points Sheraton

A- Clear red color with a foamy finish.

S- a sweet grapefruit hops scent.

T- Huge grapefruit hops. Feels like im eating one.

M-medium bodied and a nice carbonation. Crisp and smooth

D- a struggle at first but then it gets smoother as you drink more.

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Photo of claminat420
2.79/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On the bottle it says enjoy by dec 17 2010 b5

A- poured a dark amber color. slightly transparent with a tan colored head. medium heavy lacing.

S- just a sweet alcohol scent. nothing special.

T- just really sweet. sweet malt kinda biscuity. it takes a couple sips to really pull out the hops which are just dominated but the sweet malt.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- i'm glad i only bought a single.

Overall- i was expecting alil more from this brew. just sweet malt with hardly any hops to back it up. i guess it's just a malt lover's ale.

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Photo of DukeofAle
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

they call this a strong ale -and that's just what it is - strong. Produces plenty of head, which seems to be typical of Victory. As hoppy as a double IPA but perhaps more balanced. Exhibits a deep,dark bronze color. Seems just right to me! If you like plenty of hops you should like this beer.

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Photo of joepais
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this one throws a bit of a head I pored the brew into a Sam Adams glass and got about a four finger tan head. I had to wait to finish pouring the 12 0z bottle. This head is here to stay a while. The body of the brew is a mahogany colored brown with burgundy highlights. It is a dam pretty brew.

The nose was sweet and roasted with a slight hop earthiness to it. That is the short of it there is a lot going one here in this brew. Almost the same can be said for the flavors coming from it but in reverse. It started of hoppy, roasted and bitter with a nice light sweet finish. I like this one better than Arrogant Bastard but the brew did remind me of it a lot. It hada good mouthfeel with more than enough carbonation for me.

I liked the brew but, one a sitting would be enough for me. Its just to big all around for more than that

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Photo of wedgie9
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark amber with a tint of red with an off-white, thin, but lasting head. The initial aroma is of bitter coffee along with dark chocolate, but maintaining a fresh hoppiness as well. The malts are very darkly roasted and smell a bit like oats. The palate begins with the same bitter notes as the aroma giving way to grapefruit, floral notes, and hops on the mid-palate, and ending again with the bitterness. The finish is reminiscent of an endive bitterness, slightly green, and slowly turning back into the familiar grapefruit flavor. This does not feel like a huge beer on the palate, but the carbonation causes a very round feel, due to larger bubbles. Overall, this is a good beer. The alcohol content is very well integrated, and the complexity is more than acceptable. I will gladly drink this beer again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light brown in color with some nice copper tones and a big head that comes up quick. It showed great retention and left tons of lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The hop aroma is tight yet opens up nicely. I'd call them fruity but add that they show a lot of depth and aren't sweet if that makes any sense. There is some nice floral notes as well that are huge and actually form the backbone to the hop bouquet.

The malts are just as big as the hops. There's almost a winey port aroma to the malts but really they are filled with toffee galore. It's not the kind of toffee you get in a Heath bar but more like what you'd make on your stove top. I find some smaller notes of chocolate here as well but this has a nice, robust, malt structure that actually is probably the closest thing I've ever tasted to Arrogant Bastard.

Taste - The aromas meld nicely together at the taste. This is half hops and half malts and I mean split exactly down the middle. If I had to pick one I'd say the malt is just a shade stronger. It is so rich and heavy.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with little bitterness and a flat yet pleasing texture that again reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

Drinkability - This is a world-class beer that deserves the highest of accolades. It must be incredibly difficult to pull off this flavor combination but Victory did a tremendous job.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sensational mouthful of hops.

Give a shot glass of this stuff to your friend who drinks Corona and say ""this is what hops taste like." Absolute blast of resiny, pitchy, flowery hops. While strongly bitter it has a spicy and aromatic punch. Beautiful red coppery color and good carbonation. Appealing sweetness. I wouldn't call it balanced, but robust mouthfeel and malt is redeeming.

A little too much of a good thing, but great flavors for the IPA enthusiast.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the color on this beer, a deep ruby amber color with big sandy brown head. Decent lacing, good retention. Smell is robust, with some spicy and sweet malt notes and some grassy and citrusy hops. Barleywine-esque. Taste follows, reminds me a little of what I would imagine 75% Arrogant Bastard and 25% Double Bastard would be like. Big malty flavors, a fair amount of caramel and lightly roasted notes. Earthy hops follow, grassy and herbal. A fair amount of bitterness here. Full-bodied and creamy, definitely a sipper, though a nice one at that. Good stuff here from Victory, one of the best value breweries, IMO.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a two finger head; good stickage and quite a bit of lace sticks to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Crusty bread, caramel and piney hops

Taste: Opens with a rich, bready flavor that adds caramel and lots of piney hops by mid-palate, with hints of mint and chocolate lingering around; after the swallow, the malt backbone becomes increasingly apparent, providing additional chocolate, caramel and leathery earthy tones to match the hop bill

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like this much better than Arrogant Bastard as it is not as sticky but has a great flavor profile

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass

Pours a rather dark amber to brown in color with a lively foam head of at least two fingers. Reasonably good retention that eventually dissipates to a ring, leaving good lacing most of the way down the glass.

Aromas are strong of earthy and piney hops, with some additional yeasty smells.

Strong caramel maltiness mixes with heavy earthy hops. Good balance of bold flavors; hard to say which one wins out. The finish goes a bit to the bitter side with a slight warming on the way down. A bold finish to match the bold flavors.

Carbonation makes the mouthfeel a bit lighter than you might expect but it works well overall. The brew goes down well and is generally pretty easy to drink. Nice.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap and found it to be a very good beer. I think I liked the bottle even better. A little darker than i expected but overall a great beer. Good aroma, great flavor, very impressive mouthfeel and quite drinkable, particularly for a beer with that abv.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark copper red color pour with a big long lasting foamy white head , leaving lots of lacing all the way down , lively carbonation , a very nice looking beer ! Aroma is of sweet toasty caramel malt balanced well with a nice amount of citrus and piny hope notes , a little spicy . Flavor is a lot like a IIPA citrus hops to a nice caramel mixed with an earthy spruce hop flavor , nice level of bitterness nice balance , the lively carbonation gives it a lighter mouthfeel than you would expect , full body , slight warming effect , with a hoppy finish covering a ever so slight bit of alcohol . Very good , drinkable , and enjoyable all around . Nice work !

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Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A rocky column of buff foam fills almost half of the glass, obscuring for a few minutes the ruddy slightly hazy (with lots of tiny particles floating around) Bulgarian Rose body. A bright amaranth glow is revealed when the glass is held to the light. Eventually the head settles to a soapy finger with a raised collar that reminds me of the edges of a pancake. Nice rich sticky lacing and oily legs.

Hops fill the nose with a catty/citrus/marijuana blend. Some light esters and malt creep in for contrast.

Hops are still prominent on the palate, but balanced by a strong malty blend of caramel and brisk pils flavors. Bread and valerian appear mid-palate along with the hop flavors corresponding with the aromatics described above. A faint fruitiness suggests underripe honey-dew, though this vanishes quickly in the finish which is a little dry, slightly bitter, earthy and spicy/herbaceous.

Medium-light bodied but effervescent thanks to its high carbonation. Slightly oily which seems fitting with the hops. Alcohol adds heft, but no real heat.

This makes for an interesting comparison to Arrogant Bastard actually, as they have some similarities despite some key differences. The profile of the former seems better integrated, but Yakima seems more full of fresh hop flavors...so it would depend what you are in the mood for.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle

A: Yakima Twilight pours a deep crimson to mahogany with a two-finger thick eggshell head that retains very nicely. Lacing is excellent. Also has some haze and sediment.

S: Hops dominate the nose, with piney, citrusy notes. There is almost a bit of a vinous quality in the smell. Malt takes a back seat, showing some caramel.

T: Flavors are intense, but very balanced. Caramel, dried fruit, and some spiciness, followed by a mouthful of resinous, piney hops. There are hints of citrus, mango and flowers, and the finish is crisp and quite bitter. The alcohol has a nice warming effect.

M: Medium to full bodied, but could be just a bit more viscous. Flavors last almost a lifetime on the palate, with a silky mouthfeel.

D: One of the most unique brews I have had from Victory, but one of the best. This beer is a beast, but it's very easy to drink.

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Photo of jlipski
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark copper in color with proper head and carbonation. Darker than expected because of dark malts I suspect.

S: Very ordinary for a Strong APA

T: Not great, one dimesional and lacks complexity. The style suggest the alcohole and hops are dominant yet that's all you taste.

M: Ordinary and not much to report.

D: drinkability is low except most of this type of beer is.

Overall this is one of my favorite styles of beer except this beer won't be purchased by me again. Others have compared this to Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard IIPA yet, that is an excellent beer and this does not compare...unimpressed yet, many others are.

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark copper/mahogany color, clear, fluffy head with good retention and decent lacing

Smell: Caramel, toffee, sweet malt, citrus

Taste: Up Front: Caramel, toffee. Finish: Pine, citrus, slight metallic taste - pretty complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation, and a bit sticky

Drinkability: Warming and quaffable

Overall Impression: This is Victory's answer to Stone's Arrogant Bastard. It's a flavorful and complex brew. A great beer for the colder months.

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Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear dark ruby with massive foamy head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus, spice, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol. Nice blend of hops and malts in the aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch, roasted malt, citrus and spice are apparent throughout. Starts off a little more on the sweet side before turning very bitter.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium to full body, quite warming and extremely dry.

Drinkability: Extremely bitter cross between an English Strong Ale and an American Barleywine. While it has a nice complexity, the bitterness overwhelms the nuances that are hidden beneath the surface.

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Photo of TapTitan
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Twilight has to be one if not my favorite beers of all time!

Dark Ruby color is gorgeous, perfect blend of Hops isn't overkill but just right. Very smooth beer that leaves an amazing aftertaste that to me screams "Damn this is a good beer"!

Had this on tap at Theresa's in Wayne, PA and hounded the bartenders for a few weeks on where I could snatch this up on Tap for my home bar. Unsuccessful thus far as a sixtel is concerned but found a 6-pack today and didn't mind shelling pout $12 for a 6-pack!

A must for any beer fan!

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Photo of burnstar
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A really pretty beer- clear dark reddish brown with a huge persistent dense off white head. Smell is citrusy hops. Lemons. Taste is again is mostly citrus hops. Nice caramelly malt. Some bitterness but nicely balanced overall. I like that it's just a bit on the hoppy side. Great full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Another great beer from Victory.

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a half pint glass.

A - Reddish-brown color, and red when held to the light. Finger-sized, beige head with average retention.

S/T - Very slight sweet malt with citrus hops smell. The taste is roasted malt with a raisin sweetness that grows as it warms. The finish is slightly bitter and includes earthy hops and an alcohol warmth. Overall, this is on the malty side but it has a good hops presence to balance it out.

M/D - Very creamy. There is strong carbonation and it is a little fizzy in the finish. It feels a little slick. This is overall a very enticing, very warming drink, and I wish I had more than the half-pint serving.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into large snifter. Dark brown/purple color, fizzy with half an inch of head. Smell is a perfume-ish mix of grains and pine needles. Taste starts grassy with dark malts and finishes bitter with biting alcohol and hops. This an interesting beer with a barleywine-esque quality to it. Despite the high ABV and obvious presence in its flavor, it still isn't too much of a chore to drink.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Massive thick chunky antique white head that leaves nice lacing behind. The brew
is a deep ruby/amber in color.

Smells of deep, dark, carmelized sweet malts with a faint earthy, herbal hops.

Initially the taste is sweet, dark malt flavors that are very complex. Next comes
the earthy hops, which make for a nicely bittered finish. The alcohol is there,
but it is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is smooth, medium and very velvety on the tongue.

This would be a welcome treat anytime. Personally for me, this is an outstanding,
highly drinkable brew that has enough balls to warm up with (praise the abv) on
a cold-ass winter night, yet drinkable enough for all seasons. Yet another dangerously
drinkable brew from Victory...

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Brewing Yakima Twilight Ale is gorgeous, dark, and earthy to the extreme.

It poured deep dark copper, like an old dirty penny, with a massive creamy dark tan head. It left huge rings of lace from the top of the glass down. An absolutely perfect-looking strong ale. The smell was subtle pine needles and the flavor was sweet and caramel-like up front, followed by a huge hit of pine, grass, and earth. The feel is thick and bready, with a good amount of bitterness with a nice warmth--it was a pleasure to drink. It did not have the flat feel of many other strong ales.

Yakima Twilight is a dark wood and leather ale with a huge amount of earth. It's a deep and wonderful experience.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

A- Fluffier tan, 2 finger head floats upon a brown body with a slight reddish hue in the light. Pretty decent lacing

S- Sweet floral and earthy hops, with an almost piney smell. Roasted malts and caramel is also aparrent.

T- Delicious malts and caramel create a perfect base blended with a sweet floral, earthy, and almost piney hoppy finish. Some more spicy hops and citrus comes out as it warms as well as maby some tangerine or orange?

M- Solid bodied with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the tounge as it goes down. Leaves a decent bitter, slightly dry finish but not off putting.

Overall this is a great strong ale. So much I would even pass it as an I.P.A if I was the brewer. The hops are very apparent and strong in this brew and overall are pretty much dominant. The delicious caramel malts blend perfectly with the amount of hops. Really good brew and definitely worth a try.


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Photo of sitarist
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep nut brown with amber highlights. The head is tan and two fingers thick, it last awhile. Lots of heavy lacing.

Smells of dark sweet fruit, herbs, some mint, and pine. A little medicinal.

Taste is tobacco, minty, with a pine resin and ginger finish, there is a leathery/tobacco/butter-pecan aftertaste. It has a taste like nothing Ive ever had before. It is sticky on the tongue, heavy body, with a hint of carbonation. It dries slowly.

Its drinkable with a unique flavor all its own. Its well blended, has interesting flavors, and delivers the alcohol very well.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,660 ratings.
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